DRIVEN TO SUC­CEED

Bren­win Naidu finds out what drives some of the na­tion’s young movers and shak­ers.

Sunday Times - - Motoring - Pic­tures: Waldo Swiegers

Age: 25

WHO I AM

Just a boy from Jo­han­nes­burg with an ex­treme pas­sion for speed. WHAT I DO

Rac­ing driver.

JOUR­NEY SO FAR

Motorsport in South Africa is still known as an elit­ist hobby. It was hard for my par­ents to keep up with all the fund­ing the sport re­quires and still manag­ing to put me and sib­lings through good pri­vate schooling. My suc­cesses? For my first in­ter­na­tional kart­ing event I was cho­sen as part of a team rep­re­sent­ing South Africa in Al­caniz, Spain. I won the Mojo Cup at the Ro­tax Fi­nal in Genk, Bel­gium. I par­tic­i­pated in the For­mula BMW and For­mula Masters Asia Se­ries. I was the first African driver to get a po­si­tion in the Sa­sol GTC Se­ries. I won a race at my favourite cir­cuit, Kyalami, af­ter start­ing sec­ond-last on the grid — my whole fam­ily was there sup­port­ing me, it was quite spe­cial. Be­ing able to do what I do for a liv­ing, in ad­di­tion to trav­el­ling the world, is a true bless­ing.

FU­TURE PLANS

A test pro­gramme with a Porsche Car­rera Cup Team based in Ger­many and se­cur­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad. I would also like to start my own rac­ing team, groom­ing a new line of young driv­ers.

WHAT DRIVES ME

I’ve loved speed and motorsport from a very young age. I am a strong be­liever in the tal­ent that God has blessed me with and the heights it will take me to.

WHAT I DRIVE

A Volk­swa­gen Polo. I’d like to drive the Audi TTRS next.

ON MY AU­DIO SYS­TEM

House mu­sic and lo­cal hip-hop. I be­lieve we have some very tal­ented artists.

SA ROADS WOULD BE BET­TER IF We had more em­pha­sis on safety, driv­ers be­ing more vig­i­lant and fewer pot­holes.

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